Songs of the Press and Other Poems, Relative to the Art of Printing: Original and Selected

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Simpkin and Marshall, 1833 - Printing - 120 pages

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Page 73 - THE BODY of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Printer, (like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out, and stript of its lettering and gilding) lies here food for worms ; yet the work itself shall not be lost, for it will (as he believed) appear once more in a new and more beautiful edition, corrected and amended by THE AUTHOR.
Page 62 - Touch-paper, to be sure. What are our poets, take them as they fall, Good, bad, rich, poor, much read, not read at all ? Them and their works in the same class you'll find ; They are the mere waste-paper of mankind.
Page 28 - Or praise the judgment of the town, And help yourself to run it down. Give up your fond paternal pride, Nor argue on the weaker side : For, poems read without a name We...
Page 97 - I thank God there are no free schools, nor printing, and I hope we shall not have these hundred years ; for learning has brought disobedience and heresy and sects into the world, and printing has divulged them, and libels against the best government. God keep us from both...
Page 54 - Muse and dancing pleasure ! 0 for a seat in some poetic nook, Just hid with trees, and sparkling with a brook, Where through the quivering boughs the sunbeams shoot Their arrowy diamonds upon flower and fruit, While stealing airs come fuming o'er the stream, And lull the fancy to a waking dream ! There should'st thou come, O first of my desires!
Page 18 - Let there be light! ' Grim darkness felt his might, And fled away; Then startled seas and mountains cold Shone forth, all bright in blue and gold, And cried, — "'Tis day! 'tis day!''
Page 19 - Our souls have holy light within, And every form of grief and sin Shall see and feel its fire. By earth, and hell, and...
Page 38 - ... the first intimation of which he makes to the Father of the Chapel, usually the oldest printer in the house, who, should he conceive that the charge can be substantiated, and the injury supposed to have been received is of such magnitude as to call for the interference of the law, summonses the members of the Chapel before him at the imposing- stone, and there receives the allegations and the defence in solemn assembly, and dispenses justice with typographical rigour and impartiality.
Page 33 - Its fluctuations, and its vast concerns? Here runs the mountainous and craggy ridge That tempts Ambition. On the summit, see The seals of office glitter in his eyes ; He climbs, he pants, he grasps them ! At...
Page 38 - The punishment generally consists in the criminal providing a libation, by which the offending workmen may wash away the stain that his misconduct has laid upon the body at large. Should the plaintiff not be able to substantiate his charge, the fine then falls upon himself for having maliciously arraigned...

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